The Miami Marlins have at least four starting pitchers they will use on a regular basis. The last spot in the rotation is really up in the air between Kevin Slowey and Brad Hand. With both players taking turns in the rotation, it makes you wonder where it leaves Jacob Turner when he comes back from his strained shoulder.
Turner is expected to throw one more bullpen session prior to his assignment in high-A Jupiter Wednesday. Turner has been out with the shoulder injury since April 4, but his time with the Marlins seems to be coming to an end because he is not pitching well and is out of minor league options. Since joining the Marlins, Turner has a 4.36 FIP and 5.8 K/9. He has not lived up to his potential since the team acquired him from the Detroit Tigers.
When you think of possible partners for a Turner trade, one team that comes to mind is the New York Yankees. The Yankees will lose Ivan Nova for the remainder of the season with a torn UCL, an injury which will require Tommy John surgery. New York is expected to throw Vidal Nuno in the rotation, but a possible trade for Turner makes sense.
Miami is going to need to clear at least one pitcher out of the rotation once the Marlins feel it is time to call up Andrew Heaney. Turner is only 23 years old, and the Yankees are looking for more youth for the rotation and the bullpen. Acquiring Turner could give New York some insurance.